Review: Christine Hitt is a jazz lover’s dream vocalist. She effortlessly transforms standards and pop hits into modern-day jazz classics which should appease just about every music lover. She is also a multi-instrumentalist with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music. Besides singing, she is currently a coach for jazz pianists and vocalists at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. This amazing album was recorded at Capitol Records and features John Beasley, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Coye, Leo Amuedo and Bob Sheppard, and was produced by Geoffrey Keezer. Our favorite track is her cover of James Taylor’s “Shower the People.”
Recommendation: Check this one out.
Robert Leggett- Indie Voice
July 21, 2018
Jazz vocalist and pianist Christine Hitt started in St. Louis but her career has blossomed and she performs around the country. She is passionate about music education and has taught vocal and instrumental jazz at Washington University, Webster University, Concordia College, North Dakota State University, MNState Moorhead and Iowa Western Community College where she was the Director of Instrumental Music. Vocally she is as comfortable singing ballads as swing tunes and hearing her perform assures the listener that here is a talent who glows brighter each year.
In this recording she pairs with pianist and arranger Geoffrey Keezer – ‘“He’s one of the best pianists and arrangers on the planet Most of the songs are just tunes that I really loved, and I wanted Geoffrey to reimagine them in his unique way. And he did.” Magical Kite was in great part motivated by her desire to perform with her sons. She wanted to record her relationship with them into the music, just as she had made record of her life in her first album – ‘Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” as a slow, reassuring conversation between a mother and son and she sings it with son Cory.
The ensemble is Christine Hitt - vocals, Cory Hitt – vocals, Erin Bode – vocals, John Beasley - piano and Fender Rhodes, melodica, Geoffrey Keezer - piano; Eric Hit – bass, Jeff Hamilton – drums, Gene Coye – drums, Leo Amuedo - acoustic guitar, Bob Shepard - alto saxophone, and Walter Rodriguez - percussion.
The tracks are Wade In The Water, Magical Kite, Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing, Shower The People, Yardbird Suite, Believe In Me, Shine On Harvest Moon, Smile, and Around The World.
The lady – and all around her – shines in this singularly beautiful showcase.
Grady Harp- Amazon
Diverse, exciting magic jazz vocals Christine Hitt – MAGICAL KITE : I’ll tell you right now, folks… you have never heard a more exciting vocal rendition of “Wade In The Water” than Christine offers up for your ears on the opener for down & funky new album! It won’t be officially released until 20 July, 2018, but is available for pre-order on Christine’s website.
A stellar cast of players supports her magical voice… John Beasley and Geoffrey Keezer on keyboards; Jeff Hamilton and Gene Coye doing drums; Leo Amuedo on guitar; Bob Sheppard on alto sax; Walter Rodriguez with percussion; and Eric Hitt on bass… you’ll hear nothing but musical excellence as you listen to her decidedly different performance of James Taylor’s “Shower The People“… she really owns this song… I’ll go so far as to say that this is the very best cover I’ve heard of Taylor’s song – ever!
The title track, “Magical Kite“, is an original by Christine, and serves as a loving tribute to fathers everywhere… it certainly brought back many memories of kites tangled in cherry trees with my own dad.
I always try to pick the tune that stirred my soul the most on an album, and it was clear to me (after my second listen through the entire set) that her totally unique treatment of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing” is my personal favorite of the nine tunes offered up… it’s not like any other performance of this song you’ve ever heard before.
I give Christine and her high-energy, high-talent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine jazz vocal adventure. Get more information on Christine’s website. Rotcod Zzaj